Summer Reading Just Around the Corner

  The summer reading program at the Zumbrota Public Library kicks off next week on Monday, June 3rd and runs until Friday, July 26th.  The theme for infants through 6th grade is Dig into Reading.  This year will also feature a teen reading program for 7th through 12th graders, with the theme Beneath the Surface.  Readers age zero to eighteen are invited to sign up at the library and pick up their reading records to start logging all their summer reading time.  Those who complete their reading logs and turn them in will earn a packet of certificates to be used for pizza, ice cream, and other treats at area businesses.

  The program will also include a number of fun events at the library.  Every Monday night at 6:30 and Tuesday morning at 10:30 there will be interactive story times that will include crafts, songs, and other activities.  On Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 pm there will be a Summer Reading Program Kick-off Carnival, featuring fun carnival games and prizes.  On Wednesday, June 19 at 1 pm there will be a special show put on by Magician Norm Barnhart.  On Wednesday, July 17 at 3 pm the Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo from Owatonna will be visiting with lots of awesome critters that kids can learn about and touch.   

  A special event is planned for the teen readers as well.  Tuesday, July 9 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm will be an After-hours Teen Night in the library.  Thirteen through eighteen year olds will have the library to themselves with music, snacks, button making, t-shirt dyeing, and henna tattoos.

   Summer is a great time to do some reading, and the Zumbrota Public Library wants to reward you for it.  Sign up, attend events, read books, and earn prizes!   


Movie time announced

Join us for a viewing of the newly released feature film The Great Gatsby at Paragon Theater in Rochester!  The official start time for the movie is 2:25 pm this Saturday, May 18. Buses will load in the library parking lot at 1:00 pm.  Tickets and transportation are free, but must be sign up for in advance at the library.  Give us a call at 507-732-5211 if you have any questions.

Zumbrota goes to the movies

The first ever Zumbrota Reads program has been off to a great start so far, after two engaging book discussions at the library.  There is still much anticipation building, however, over the two film events coming up this week.

On Thursday at 6:30 pm at the State Theatre in Zumbrota there will be a screening of the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby staring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.  The film will be preceded by a short lecture by noted Fitzgerald scholar, David Page.  This event is free, no sign up necessary.  Free popcorn will be provided at the event and your librarians will even make an appearance in costume.

On Saturday afternoon there will be a chartered bus in the library parking lot, ready to transport patrons to the movie theater in Rochester for a viewing of the newly released 2013 film version of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.  The bus will start loading at 1:00 pm.  There is a sign up sheet at the library for the bus and/or movie entrance.  This event is also free of cost to those who sign up in advance.

It’s 1922 again and the party’s on us.  Hope to see you there!

Book discussions this Saturday and Monday

This is a reminder that our book discussions of The Great Gatsby will be taking place this Saturday, May 11 at 1:30 pm and Monday, May 13 at 6:30 pm.  We hope that you are able to make it to one of these discussion times.  They will be more or less the same discussion so it is not necessary to attend both.  Bring all of your questions, comments, and reactions to the book.  We are looking forward to hearing your perspective.

Disc golf sets available for check out

  Now that spring is slowly creeping in, residents of Zumbrota might consider stepping outside and trying out the new disc golf course at the Covered Bridge Park.  The new course, which consists of a series of metal baskets designed for catching discs thrown from varying distances, was recently created and installed by Jim Perra and the Zumbrota Park Board.  The #1 tee for the disc golf course can be found near the band shelter. 

  Sets of discs, along with handy carrying cases, are available for check out at the Zumbrota Public Library.  The disc sets, which were donated to the library by Louis Banitt, each include one driver, one mid-range, and one putter.  Disc golf is a leisurely, enjoyable game that does not require previous experience or skill.  It can be played solo, with a group of friends, or as a family.

  Take advantage of the sunny weather and check out some discs at the library today.